Thursday, May 29, 2008

Odds and Ends

Tomorrow I go home. It has been a great time here at seminary, especially eating the EXACT SAME MEAL TWICE A DAY FOR 30 DAYS, but I’m not complaining. I’m a missionary and that’s what missionaries do. We eat stuff we hate because we love Jesus. We are very spiritual.

In all seriousness, I can’t wait to be back together with Paula. We have decided we will never, EVER do this again. That is, be apart for a month. I would rather EAT THE EXACT SAME MEAL TWICE A DAY FOR 30 DAYS than go through being away from my wife for a month again. Even seeing each other over a weekend half way through, it has been really tough. I don’t recommend it.

We are both really looking forward to getting back to Livingstone. We were in Lusaka for two weeks before I came to Malawi with the church planting boot camp and so its been over 6 weeks since we’ve been home. We’re anxious to get back.

By the way, the church planting boot camp was incredible. We had over 40 pastors go through the training. Daniel McNaughton, lead pastor of Spring Valley Community Church taught the seminar and did an amazing job. Plus, he dances as bad as I do, and that made me feel good. Thanks for coming Daniel! It was great to see you.

Paula and I are both exited about what’s coming up in June. The second, third and fourth Saturday of June, we will have our first youth meetings. It is sort of small scale, about 100 kids from five churches. We will be using a great curriculum that has an HIV/AIDS component, but that primarily focuses on teaching kids to make good choices, and to seek God’s plan for their lives. The material is very interactive, since as you know, kids have the attention span of peanut butter.

If you want to know more about the materials, check out We will be using their “It Takes Courage” curriculum.

A final note. We had announced in our last newsletter that we would be going to South Africa to have our baby. That has changed. We had some friends in the medical profession advise us that maybe we should go the states. We explored that with our leadership, and they gave the thumbs up. With all the violence that is going on in South Africa right now, I really feel it was God guiding us in this direction.

So…we will arrive in Springfield MO July 2 and will be in the states until about mid October. We will be available for a few missions services and conventions in the Springfield area, and Kansas. We are open to the possibility of other locations as well. Send us an email if you might be interested in having us come (is that all we missionaries EVER talk about is itineration?).

And, no – we don’t know yet if it’s a boy or a girl. We are just praying the baby looks like Paula, and not me!

We welcome your prayers for our youth services in Jun and for safe travel in July. God bless!


Kristi said...

Yay!! We are so excited to see you guys! Andrew and I love your blogs and look forward to reading them.
Glad you made it through this long month. Tough times, but you did it!!
We'll be praying for all of the ministry going on there in June.
You know 242 will want to do a shower for you guys! We'll have to start tossing around some dates.
Love to you both,

Jerry and Paula Ireland said...

Thanks Kristi! Can't wait to see you guys either. What a great blessing. The shower sounds great. See you in July!~ Jerry and Paula